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November 15, 2011

Business Booming 

local farmers

No Small Change For Local Producers

Farmers sold nearly $5 billion dollars worth of local produce in 2008, and that number is expected to rise.

October 12, 2011

Restaurant Recall 

beef patties

Ground Beef Recall Targets Western Restaurants

The USDA issued a recall Tuesday after a routine test found E. coli O157:H7 in beef from a California firm.

October 7, 2011

Food Safety 

farm

New FDA Inspections To Stop Outbreaks Before They Start

New FDA requirements could stop outbreaks -- like the recent listeria linked to cantaloupe -- before they start.

September 30, 2011

GMO Animals 

salmon

‘Frankenfish’ Get Federal Funding

AquaBounty has received federal funding to genetically modify its salmon a move which has environmentalists up in arms.

September 27, 2011

School Lunch Worry 

ground beef

Contaminated Meat Recalled Before Ending Up In School Lunch

A major beef recall is underway after E. coli was found in frozen beef sent to Georgia school districts. So far no contaminated meat has been served, says USDA.

September 26, 2011

Food Recalls 

chicken breast

Cooked Chicken Products Recalled

360 pounds of possibly undercooked chicken have been recalled from Wisconsin's Roundy's Supermarkets.

September 14, 2011

Wake Up Call 

empty plate

Hunger At Home: Food Insecurity Still A Problem

Nearly one in three households categorized as "food insecure" had to cut back or alter their eating habits for lack of food.

September 13, 2011

Food Safety 

ground beef

Six New Strains Of E. coli Added To Ground Beef Regulation

In a move applauded by food safety advocates, the USDA has announced ground beef will not be sold if it tests positive for six additional strains of E. coli.

September 13, 2011

The Cost Of Food 

Corn

Falling Corn Surplus Could Mean Higher Food Prices

Extreme heat has damaged this year's corn supply, and it could translate to higher food prices down the road.

September 12, 2011

Contaminated Food 

Ground Turkey In A Pan

Ground Turkey Recalled For Salmonella – Again

Another 185,000 pounds of ground turkey have been recalled after a strain of salmonella was found at the same plant where a recall took place in August.

September 7, 2011

Marketing To Children 

candy

Food Marketing To Kids: Free Speech Or Fair Suggestions?

A group of legal scholars responds to the food industry's claim of free speech infringement by stating no rules were actually enforced.

September 3, 2011

Too Much Of A Good Thing? 

A farmers market stall selling melons, peaches, onions, and many other kinds of produce. People are lined up around the stall to make purchases.

Growth Or Glut? A Thousand New Farmers Markets in 2011

In 2011, 7175 farmers markets operated in the U.S., up from 6139 in 2010. Locavores love it, but some farmers call it too much of a good thing.

August 29, 2011

Dirty Food 

A picture of the Food Safety Discovery Zone, a forty-foot truck that contains an interactive exhibit about food safety.  It is yellow and has a logo on the side. It is in front of the Department of Agriculture building.

Food Industry And Consumers Play A Food Safety Blame-Game

Amidst recalls and food safety campaigns, who is responsible for preventing foodborne illness? Experts from all sides of the debate paint a blurry picture.

August 24, 2011

Soda Ban 

soda

Food Stamp Soda Ban Fizzles Out

The push to ban the use of food stamps for sodas has been defeated by the USDA.

August 19, 2011

Kids In The Kitchen 

precut veggies

After-School Snacking: Be Safe, Be Healthy

School is out for the day and the kids are hungry! Keep them reaching for healthy options while keeping them safe.

August 18, 2011

Meat Industry 

cows feeding

New Guidelines Ensure Humane Treatment Of Livestock

The USDA announced new guidelines to ensure humane treatment of livestock, defining "egregious inhumane treatment."

August 17, 2011

School Lunch 

school lunch

Changes To School Lunch Seem Mighty Tasty

In anticipation of the upcoming Child Nutrition Act, some schools are already featuring healthier options. But do vending machines have a place?

August 15, 2011

E. coli Outbreak 

Diverse E. coli

USDA Announces Ground Beef Recall

60,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled after an inspection in Ohio found E. coli bacteria.

August 2, 2011

Good School Food 

Kid Eating A Cherry Tomato

Farm To School Meal Program Off To A Good Start

Although there were some challenges in its first two years, support for the Farm to School program is enthusiastic.

July 28, 2011

Food Labels 

Packaged Meat In A Grocery Cart

If Meat Contains Additives, USDA Wants Label To Say So

Meat enhanced with solutions and flavorings can have five times as much sodium as would naturally occur in the product.

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